I am almost 55, and Mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in fall of 2006. It's the most degrading disease because you watch your parent die bit by bit, every minute of everyday.
There are so many diseases in the world, but I feel Alzheimer's is the most frightening, debilitating disease because you slowly watch your parent disappear completely. Why do the war thing anymore? The aging population is going to be humongous, and we will need help with this horrid, sad disease.
Mom used to read intellectual journals like Wilson's Quarterly and Discover, now she cannot. Television is becoming difficult to follow; it goes too fast. She is depressed, scared and hoping God will get her through this. She still enjoys her cat, Prissy, her flowers, gardening and the birds. How long before this is no longer possible?
People, can't you understand? This is going to be epidemic – and soon. Please pay attention, before we all suffer by not finding a control for this humiliating disease. Wake up folks: we are the next older generation, and Alzheimer's is right around the corner to get us! Researchers and medicine companies need to get moving, or we'll all be too addled to do any thing about anything!
Money is nothing if we don't know who we are. Money is nothing when we are dead. Quality of life for the elderly does count, and for eons, we have treated the elderly as very insignificant. Is it? No, because we are here now, going toward senility and helplessness.
Wake up people. I am young, and I don't want Alzheimer's. I want quality of life, but if Alzheimer's is quality, then death is preferred.